“Pat Todd is a true American Original. Raw, real and passionate – that’s what I think of when I hear the name, Pat Todd.” – Eddie Spaghetti, The Supersuckers
“Pat Todd is the most sincere Rock ‘n’ Roll singer/songwriter on the planet. He makes the rest of us look like a bunch of fakers.” – Blaine Cartwright, Nashville Pussy/Nine Pound Hammer
“So many great songs, so many great records, so many great gigs… PAT TODD is and always was, a rock’n’roll LIFER.” – Mad Macka, Cosmic Psychos, Onyas etc
PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS Release SONS OF THE CITY DITCH
PAT TODD fronted the undisputed roots-punk kings of LA, THE LAZY COWGIRLS, for over 20 years. Having landed in LA from Midwest outpost Vincennes, Indiana in the early-mid ’80s, the Cowgirls’ live album Radio Cowgirl was the first release on scene prime mover Sympathy For The Record Industry and ultimately inspired a resurgence of classic 1976 RAMONES/SAINTS/HEARTBREAKERS-style punk that stretched across the US into Europe, Japan and elsewhere, inspiring bands like THE MUFFS, NEW BOMB TURKS, OBLIVIONS, TEENGENERATE, ONYAS and others.
THE LAZY COWGIRLS were but a memory in 2006 when PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS’ 28 song double-disc debut, The Outskirts of Your Heart was released. The group has since released another five full-length albums (yes, some are double discs) and over a dozen singles and EPs, and they have more releases queued up. Each and every one of them is a testament to Pat’s personal vision of raw, high energy rock’n’roll infused with elements of country and rhythm & blues, and documentary proof that the RANKOUTSIDERS are one of the hottest rock’n’roll bands on the planet.
Indeed, it must be said the RANKOUTSIDERS truly are a band: energetically flanking Pat stage left is long-time guitarist and vocalist KEVIN KELLER; to the right is guitarist and founding member, NICK ALEXANDER – the cool, calm and collected eye of the storm; bassist STEVEN VIGH holds the lower frequencies in check with steadfast authority, pushing the chorus to the next harmonic level, while drummer WALT PHELAN drives the engine hard while keeping the band on the rails.
The new PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS’ album Sons of the City Ditch is highlighted as usual by Pat Todd’s fantastic songs. A prolific writer with an eye on life in the margins – whether they be in small towns or the big sprawling city he has called home for 40 years – Todd routinely hits the mark where youth and the advancement of age find common ground in alienation and willfulness.
Pat knows that rock’n’roll is not necessarily a young person’s game, and nor is it a glamorous one; the name he gave this band accurately points to where he and they are coming from. New originals like the new single ‘All We Have To Show’, the horn-riffing rocker ‘Living In A World of Hurt’ and the raucous country-folk punker ‘Goodbye to the World’ are up there with anything he has ever written. And the band is a powerhouse – their strengths are evident in the way they handle choice covers of JEFF BECK’s 1967 hit ‘HI HO SILVER LINING’ and DAVID JOHANSEN’s 1978 heartbreaker ‘DONNA’.
PAT TODD will be touring Australia solo, appearing at Geelong’s River Rocks Festival and at the Cosmic Psychos 40th anniversary weekender in Castlemaine, and in a double-bill with MAD MACKA from The Cosmic Psychos and The Onyas in November and December 2023.
- Livin’ In A World Of Hurt
- All We Have To Show
- State Line
- Cheap Short Artist
- Long In The Tooth (Before The Dolls)
- Stagger & Swagger
- Venus De Millo Broke My Back
- Back Down In The Basement
- Hi Ho Silver Lining
- Goodbye To The World
- Sons Of The City Ditch
PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS’ SONS OF THE CITY DITCH IS OUT OCTOBER 13 ON DOG MEAT RECORDS. IT WILL BE RELEASED ON LP (BLACK VINYL & LTD ED RED VINYL), CD, AND DIGITALLY.
AUS distribution by Strangeworld. UK/Euro distribution by Forte. US distribution by Revolver.